Wine expert Simon Kershaw seeks out wines you will fall for this Valentine's Day
PUBLISHED: 19:17 07 August 2012 | UPDATED: 21:02 20 February 2013
Simon Kershaw is head of fine wine at one of Yorkshire's leading and oldest wine merchants, House of Townend.
Thanks to St Valentine our thoughts are turning to romance. And there is no better way to woo that special someone than with fabulous food and the very elixir of love, wine.Whether you are breakfasting with your beloved, enjoying a lunchtime liaison or declaring your devotion over dinner, marry the right wine to the right meal and youll enjoy an unforgettable Valentines Day.
For breakfast I suggest a classic combination: smoked salmon, scrambled eggs and a glass of Pol Roger White Foil Champagne. Sir Winston Churchills favourite tipple, it has a lovely light delicate flavour and tiny bubbles. Perfect, as you dont want anything too fizzy in the morning.
On to lunch inspired by our bewitching coastline. Yorkshire produces some of the most outstanding shellfish in the world. Match local lobster, crab or razor clams with a chilled glass of Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc, or a Pouilly-Fum, also made with Sauvignon Blanc grapes in the Loire Valley of France. Cloudy Bay is available at Wine Ways in Harrogate, one of many specialist stores in Yorkshire.
Finally to supper. Lets go mad: a dozen British oysters with lemon, sea salt and finely chopped bacon. Couple it with really good claret, and you have the recipe for romance.
Ctes de Bourg, Ctes de Blaye and Ctes de Castillon are terrific value clarets at the moment. I would recommend both Chteau Moulin de Mallet and Chteau Gasquerie. Look out for the 09 and 10 vintages theyre really punching above their weight for quality and drinking well now.
As for dessert, its got to be a chocolate feast, together with a lovely red dessert wine. Try Elysium Black Muscat from Andrew Quady in California.
An intimate meal for two, with simple, delicious food paired with wonderful wine its the classic combination for lovers this Valentines Day.
Simon Kershaw is head of fine wine at one of Yorkshires leading and oldest wine merchants, House of Townend.
Do you have any questions about wine? Wed love to help. Contact Simon at firstname.lastname@example.org.